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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The spore-producing phase in the life cycle of a plant that exhibits alternation of generations.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A plant (or the diploid phase in its life cycle) which produces spores by meiosis in order to produce gametophytes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. In plants exhibiting alternation of generations, the generation which bears asexual spores; -- opposed to gametophyte. It is not clearly differentiated in the life cycle of the lower plants.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany, the segment or stage of the life-cycle of the higher cryptogams (Pteridophyta, Bryophyta) in which the non-sexual organs of reproduction are borne

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the spore-producing individual or phase in the life cycle of a plant having alternation of generations

Etymologies

sporo- + -phyte. (Wiktionary)

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